12 Brides of Summer novella collection #2

The second book in this collection contains three novella-sized romances.

Mary Connealy writes the first, A Bride Rides Herd. What I liked about this story is that its characters are ones we’ve seen as children in two of her other series—Betsy Harden and Matt Reeves. As much as I loved the connection and catching up with the characters, as well, as the chaotic and hilarious happenings, I was rather disappointed at how straightforward the romance was—and how quickly it occurred. Though this was probably due to the space limitations of a novella, I would have liked to have had more, given how invested I already was in the characters.

Amanda Cabot writes The Fourth of July Bride. When desperation drives Naomi Townsen into accepting an offer to pose as a man’s fiancee, she know nothing can real can come of it, because, as wonderful as Gideon is, he is lacking in faith. Spending time in his presence isn’t helping her heart any. Which is worse, suffering a broken heart or compromising her faith? It was an interesting read—with a good message for those caught in a similar dilemma.

The Summer Harvest Bride, written by Maureen Lang, finds Sally Hobson enjoying her life far from her former Chicago home. The one fly in the ointment of her future is one Lukas Daughton, newly arrived in town to propose the building of a gristmill. His constant attention, regardless of her being courted by the mayor’s son, is both flattering and terrifying. She doesn’t want to get caught up in a summer romance. I liked the way Maureen Lang describes her characters. More than a physical description she makes one feel like they know the characters already.

Thank you to NetGalley (https://www.netgalley.com/) and Barbour Books for providing me with a copy of this novel to read and review.

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